Valentine Surprise Cups

Want a fun alternative to traditional Valentine’s cards to hand out at school or to family members? My son and I had a great time making these Valentine Surprise Cups!

A toddler can do most of the steps to this cute treat if you prepare some of the parts ahead of time. Here is what you will need:

  • cardboard egg carton
  • washable paint and paintbrush
  • toothpicks
  • construction paper
  • small treat or surprise to put inside
  • glue
  • marker or pen

First, cut an egg carton into little cups.


Then paint the tops of the cups and decorate them if you would like. The possibilities are really endless and you can leave it up to your little one and his or her creativity. Glitter, stickers, crayons…

Cut out hearts and have your kids glue the dull side of a toothpick to the hearts.

You can write a note for the inside and fold them up together.

Arrange the notes and surprise on a piece paper and hot glue the egg cups over the surprise gifts. Obviously your kids can’t do the hot glue part, but you can use school glue if you would like. (I just wanted it to dry fast) We used chocolates for the surprise inside but you can use just about anything from the party store or dollar store as long as it fits in the cup with some room around it.

When the glue dries, cut around each cup and you can write “open here” on the bottom so no one gets confused. :)

The heart flags should be just about dry by this time, so you can stick them through the top. There might be some resistance when you push the toothpick in depending on where the surprise is inside, but you can jiggle it or angle the toothpick to make it almost all the way to the bottom.
Enjoy!

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Annie Tandy
Annie loves making great memories with her kids and started Kidlist so she can help others do the same! Besides finding fun and exciting things to do, Annie, her husband, and their kids enjoy caring for their chickens and hanging out with them in the backyard. Click here to read about Annie's chickens and see pictures! She also finds joy in gardening, home improvement projects, knitting, soap making, and painting along with being active in her community, church, and as a board member of the Western Springs Business Association. You can follow Annie on Instagram here.

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